Swinburne University of Technology

06/18/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/18/2024 19:39

Students decorate next gen campus with innovation, technology and collaboration

In summary

  • The Decorate your next gen_campus design competition celebrates Swinburne's next gen_campus transformation with student art depicting the themes collaboration, innovation and technology
  • The art will form a pop up outdoor gallery on the construction fencing of the new Latelab and student hub, co-created with Swinburne students through workshops, surveys and more throughout 2023.
  • The new facility is part of Swinburne's next gen_campus transformation, a series of projects to deliver campuses for the future where we can learn connect and innovate together.

A pop-up gallery of innovative student artwork has taken pride of place on the construction fencing of Swinburne University of Technology's new Latelab and student hub, under construction on our Hawthorn campus.

The artworks are winning submissions from the Decorate your next gen_campus student design competition, exploring collaboration, innovation and technology.

The themes are the major focus of the new Latelab and student hub, a bigger and better, secure study space being constructed in the refurbished 27 John St building.

It is part of the next gen_campus transformation, a series of projects to deliver campuses for the future where we can learn, connect and innovate together.

Expressing the themes of next gen_campus through art

Decorate your next gen_campus encouraged students to unleash their creativity, creating artwork in any medium to decorate campus while the new Latelab and student hub is under construction.

The judging panel included Swinburne School of Design and Architecture Dean, Professor Blair Kuys, Student Experience Framework Director Ian Thomson and Director, Facilities, Assets and Campus Services Director Peter Waite.

Professor Kuys said the entries all impressed judges with their depiction of the themes and Swinburne's experience and values.

"There were some very clever ideas promoting Swinburne's strong history in bringing technology and people together to create a better world," he said.

"There was a great mix of art media ranging from photography, illustration, painting and computer generated imagery.

"It was also nice to see a wide variety of ideas and I congratulate the student winners and look forward to seeing their artwork around campus."

In addition to the winning students having the opportunity to have their artwork displayed on campus, many prizes including an Apple MacBook, Apple AirPods, VISA gift cards and more were up for grabs.

Thomson said the competition is just one way Swinburne is improving the way students influence the on-campus experience.

"Whether it's being involved in co-creating new facilities or helping us shape support services and initiatives, we are rethinking the approach to consultation and improving the student voice in university decision making," he said.

next gen_design award for most innovative artwork: Rin Clancy


Diploma of Library and Information Studies student Rin Clancy won the Most innovative artwork category, for their creative combination of art and technology and iconic imagery from different areas of science.

In creating their submission, Rin aimed to depict collaboration in STEM and has included binary translation of several quotes such as "what is now proved was once only imagined" and words such as "love".

next gen_experience award for best showcase of life at Swinburne: Serena Savage


Bachelor of Arts student Serena Savage won the Best showcase of life at Swinburne category, for her depiction of a study picnic in the recognisable Wakefield gardens of Swinburne's Hawthorn campus.

The feel-good art piece represents Serena's favourite thing about being a university student at Swinburne, being on campus with friends.

next gen_experience award for best showcase of life at Swinburne: Tanrak Tantayopin


Bachelor of Design student Tanrak Tantayopin was recognised for her artwork depicting three student characters in diverse study areas, connected by gears symbolising innovation and collaboration.

Tanrak's artwork creatively encapsulated Swinburne's student life and the themes of next gen_campus.

Other Decorate your next gen_campus artwork to be displayed on campus

  • Artwork by Bachelor of Design student Rhiannon Hoon
  • Artwork by Master of Professional Engineering student Jeegar Patel
  • Artwork by Bachelor of Animation student Jessica Maher
  • Artwork by Advanced Diploma of Building Design student Ka Wai Kathy Wong
  • Artwork by Bachelor of Psychological Sciences student Cinder Stirling
  • Artwork by Bachelor of Design student Darika Chittsawangdee
  • Artwork by Master of Architecture student Elizabeth Belinda